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Succeed with Technology...


Cat and mouseGetting a job and using library resources require basic technology literacy and the links on this page are meant to connect you with basic technology instruction including how to use a mouse or keyboard as well as Internet, Microsoft, or email basics. You'll also find information about local classes which can be of help including technology courses offered right here at BCPL.


And don't forget that the library has lots of great material in our collections on learning computer basics, MSOffice, Internet, etc.

Local Computer Classes

Computer Room


Computer Training Offered by Baltimore County


  • Baltimore County Public Library: Computer Classes
    Free classes on a variety of basic technology skills are offered at BCPL branches. Registration at the branch is frequently required starting one week prior to the class.  For your convenience, upcoming technolgy programs at the library are also shown in the sidebar of this webpage.




Other Courses:

Training for adaptive technologies to assist users with a variety of disabilities can be gotten through Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, LINC (Learning Independence Through Computers) and the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.


Using a Computer and a Mouse


  • New User Tutorial
    by The Library Network
    Designed to help people who have never used a computer before. Concentrates on using the mouse and a few other basic skills

  • Mouse Aerobics
    from Monroe County Library System, Michigan
    Explains how to click through pages, use check boxes and drop down menus, scroll up and down pages, and highlight text

  • Mousercise
    from the Central Kansas Library System
    You can use the Mousercise tutorial to practice.

  • Mousing Around
    from the Palm Beach County Library System
    Offers a tutorial for beginners on using a mouse, practice "mousercise" exercises, and games for more practice. The tutorial is also available in Español.

  • WebWise Courses
    From BBC, this excellent website includes overviews on your computer, using the web, email & sharing, safefty & privacy, and more.


 Using the Keyboard


  • Goodtyping
    A series of free typing lessons and a typing speed test. Free registration is required to save your lessons. Also available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese

  • Keyboard Lessons
    Basic typing lessons, keyboarding exercises, and speed tests by typeonline.co.uk

  • Keyboard Shortcut Basics
    Learning to use the unique keys and special functions of the computer keyboard can save you time and make you more comfortable with your computer.  Instruction from Compukiss.com

  • Keyboarding From The Comfort Of Your Couch
    Fun typing games that will teach you how to type but also allow you to have some fun while you're at it.

  • Mr. Kent's Typing Tests and Typing Tutor
    Allows you to select skill level and timings of 0 to 5 minutes for free typing lessons. Also has practice tests

  • PowerTyping
    Includes free typing tutor, typing tests, and typing games

  • Timed Typing Test
    Select a one, two, or three minute test from from Free-Typing-Test.com with four different texts of varying levels of difficulty

  • Tutorial on Keyboard Shortcuts
    Learn how to use the Function or F keys, Control or Ctrl key, and Alt key by Internet4Classrooms.com

  • Typing Lessons
    Free touch typing lessons, typing games, and a test to check your speed and accuracy from Sense-Lang.org. Available in other languages

  • Typing Tests, Practice and Games
    By Zoom-Type

  • TypingWeb
    A free typing and keyboarding tutorial to help people improve their typing skills. Intermediate and advanced speed and accuracy drills provided from Sense-Lang.org

  • Typing Test.com
    Test your typing for speed and accuracy


 Introducing the Internet

Smiling girl at computer


  • Computer Training
    by GCFLearnFree.org and the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.
    Learn the basics about the parts of computers and how to use them, and about the Internet. Users may need to create a free account. Available in Español

  • The Internet Owner's Manual
    from LearntheNet.com
    Grasp the basic information about connecting to the Internet, what is a browser, how to use email, how to use online tools to search the Internet, download files and software, how to do online shopping, and protect yourself when online. Available in Español and Français

  • Internet Tutorials
    from University at Albany Libraries
    For people interested in learning about the Internet and especially the World Wide Web: what it is, how to search it, and how to use it as a research tool. Offers introductions to search engines and how to choose and use one, RSS, plugins, media players, and more

  • net.TUTOR
    by The Ohio State University Libraries
    Basics about the Web, web browsers, email, search tools, social networks, searching for information, and evaluating what you find

  • Search Tool Chart
    by the Infopeople Project
    Chart of the best features of several search engines and guides and tips on improving your search


 Microsoft Office and Alternatives

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  • Brainfuse
    Brainfuse is a chat style tutoring service for many topics including Microsoft software. Simply click on the link above and then select the "Microsoft Office Help" button from the "Adult Learners" page.  Important note: you must have a BCPL library card and PIN to use this service.

  • "Beginning Guide to Word Processing" from the University of Bristol [PDF]
    WordPad is a word processing package that is included with any Windows operating system and this guide allows you to get started even without the need for MSWord or other expensive word processing software.

  • Computer Training
    by GCFLearnFree.org and the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc
    Learn to use Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word 2000, 2002 XP, 2003 and 2007, Office 2000, 2002 XP and 2003, Outlook 2003 and Publisher 2003. Users will need to create a free account. Users may need to create a free account. Available in Español.

  • Excel Tutorial
    from Excel Easy
    Tutorial (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) on how to use Excel.

  • Microsoft Office Online Training
    Browse the different Office training courses offered by Microsoft. Each course includes written as well as audio instructions. Learn about security basics in Microsoft Office programs and what you can do to protect your computer and documents, as well as how to make the most of the many features of each product.

  • Office Skills Training
    by officeskills.org
    Links to free tutorials to learn the basics of 2003, 2007 and 2010 Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and 2010 Outlook

  • Online Tutorials
    from Baycon Group, Inc.
    Free Excel 2007, Power Point 2007, and Word 2007 help

  • OpenOffice
    Apache OpenOffice is a free (open-source) suite of software that can be downloaded to most computers to create or open/edit most word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation documents (including MSWord, MSExcel, and other MSOffice documents.)

  • Testing & Education Resource CenterNew!
    This tool includes courses on  Windows 7 and MSOffice 2010 components. You can find the courses for "Basic Computer Skills" under the "Career Skills" menu.  Important note: you must have a BCPL library card and PIN to use this service.


 Emailing and Instant Messaging Basics

Mail coming from a computer screen


  • About.Com's Top Free Email Services
    Although it can be a bit top heavy with ads and diversions, the About.com website offers useful information on popular topics including the top email services.

  • Email Basics
    from About.com
    Explains the ins-and-outs of setting up and using an email account. Brief information on Instant Messaging and RSS News Feeds.

  • Email Basics
    by GCFLearnFree.org and the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc
    Learn how to send, reply, forward, attach documents or photos, and manage your email. Users may need to create a free account. Available in Spanish.

  • E-mail Etiquette
    by I Will Follow.com
    More advice on writing email messages and preventing embarrassment

  • Email Etiquette
    by Emailreplies.com
    The main etiquette rules and advice on how to use them

  • Harness E-Mail
    Learn The Net.com
    A tutorial on how e-mail works, the use of e-mail addresses, how to send messages, attach documents or photos, open attachments, and the etiquette of e-mail.

  • Register for an Email Account
    prepared by the Public Computer Center of Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland
    A brief guide on basic free email services.

  • PC Magazine's "Best Web-Based Email Services" Article
    This web article gives a give overview of the top five web email services as of August 2012.

  • Strong Passwords: How to Create and Use Them
    from Microsoft.com
    They are so necessary to access any personal information that you've stored on your computer and for any online accounts you've set up. If criminals or other malicious users steal this information, they can use your name to open new credit card accounts, apply for a mortgage, or pose as you in online transactions. Here's how to create a password and protect it.

  • Using Email Safely
    by Indiana University Information Technology Services
    "Anytime you send or receive communications on the Internet, there are opportunities for individuals to intercept your communications to obtain your email address." Secure your computer and protect your personal information.


Technology Training at the library


Last revised: August 11, 2014